Iron Mike Norton
The king of swamp stomp...
"Bluesy swamp stomp indeed; this muhfuh is the real deal." - Blurt Magazine
Slide guitarist, producer, and recording artist. Iron Mike Norton is described by peers and critics as one of the most innovative and creative artists in roots music. Iron Mike combines elements of modern styles like hip hop, rock and techno with traditional hill country slide guitar and roots rock. The result is a sound truly unique to Iron Mike alone.
Based out of the swamps of Florida, Iron Mike signed his first record deal in 1995 as a country artist, not rock. He was subsequently nominated for Best New Artist at the King Eagle Awards the following year in Nashville. Since then, he has performed for audiences in both the USA and abroad. His ability to cross over into other formats has garnered him the opportunity to work with artists such as Willie Nelson, The Outlaws, songwriter Bill Dees (Oh, Pretty Woman), and his mentor, Sonny Landreth.
After walking away from Nashville in 1997, Mike was largely a regional artist, playing through out the deep south, selling tapes and CD's out of the back of a van, and paying dues just like so many before him. All seemed to be going well until 2010, when 2 days after a performance in Springfield, Missouri with Watermelon Slim, Mike was in a severe motorcycle wreck, nearly losing his left leg and crushing his left hand. The debilitating injuries left him in a wheelchair and unable to perform for almost 2 years. After a long fight to regain the use of his left hand, Iron Mike released his first internationally distributed album, the underground hit LP, Bad Monkey. Considered, the defining moment in the evolution of Norton's 'swamp stomp" sound, Bad Monkey's success led his co-headlining The Greatest Slideshow On Earth Tour the following year with Euro blues guitar slinger, Demian Dominguez, as well as two Canadian shows for Harley - Davidson.
For a number of people, their first Iron Mike experience came at actor Morgan Freeman's, legendary Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi. In between tour dates, Iron Mike would drive all the way from Florida once a quarter to work as one of the regular host bands for about 2 years, and played a whopping three performances during the 2014 Juke Joint Festival.
2019 is turning out to be a showcase of exactly the kind of broad range Mike has in his arsenal, with the release of two indie rock singles, Mr. Repo Man and Rock & Roll Angel, followed by, Arc Angel, his first EP recorded exclusively for AAA radio.
By mid summer, Mike gives long time fans another dose of swamp stomp, with yet another release, The Invisible Man, just in time for two back to back tours, including the upcoming roots rock Hillbilly Highway Tour, featuring Iron Mike co-headlining with alt-country artist, Jerry Castle.
With a live album slated to be recorded in North Carolina this fall, 2019 is by far the busiest year ever for the iron man.